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Brick Hires New Code Enforcement Prosecutor After Attorney Gets Post in Murphy Administration

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Gavel (Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr)
Gavel (Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr)

Brick Township has hired a new attorney to serve as code enforcement prosecutor after his predecessor landed a job in the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy.

The township council last week hired a replacement for Eric D. Brophy, of the Diegnan and Brophy law office in Wall. Brophy, who serves on the Monmouth County Democrats’ executive committee, recently was hired by Murphy’s administration.

“He got appointed to a position with the state, and I believe as a consequence he closed his law practice,” said Township Attorney Kevin Starkey.

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The township’s new code enforcement prosecutor is attorney Michael R. Burns of the form Grace Marmero and Associates, located in Woodbury, Gloucester County. The firm will be paid $165 per hour for their work.

Brick officials first hired a dedicated prosecutor for code enforcement, property maintenance and similar issues after they began a crackdown on abandoned and unkempt bank-owned properties in town. Municipal Court Judge Joseph Grisanti holds a dedicated court session for code complaints on the fourth Monday of each month.

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Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly attributed Kevin Starkey’s quote to Mayor John Ducey.